Chelan Fresh is proud to donate Bartlett pears to this event and educate children on the pears’ uses, qualities, and nutritional benefits. Our Marketing Coordinator, Lorinda Oscarson, will serve as Chelan Fresh’s supplier representative and competition judge.


WHY: Pacific Coast Fruit Company continually seeks to have a positive influence in the communities we serve and to support our food industry. Our first annual Kids In The Kitchen event brings together local kids, chefs, and produce growers in hopes to inspire kids to eat healthy and to learn skills applicable for a successful career in food.

Child ChefINSPIRATION: The founder of Pacific Coast Fruit Company, Emil Nemarnik, lived in a boys` home while he was growing up. He came to America all alone when he was just 10 years old. He had no family and no support system, so he relied on that boys` home to give him shelter and love. He went on to be a star athlete, college graduate, and then turned a small family produce company into a multi-million-dollar business. If it were not for that boys’ home who knows if Pacific Coast Fruit Company would be around today. The Boys & Girls Club is that shelter for some of these kids, and so in honor of Emil we wanted to get involved. One of these kids might be the next Emil so it is up to us to aid in any way we can to help foster their potential.

WHEN: September 23, 2019 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm

WHERE: Boys & Girls Club (Henry T. Schatz Branch at the Donald G. Topping Regional HOPE Center 3875 S 66th Street Tacoma, WA 98409)

WHO: 25 Kids ages 9-16, 5 local chefs, 5 local suppliers, Pacific Coast Fruit Company, Boys & Girls Club staff/volunteers, local media, Boys & Girls Club shareholders, community families

OVERVIEW: This event will utilize a few of our amazing chefs and suppliers to teach kids how to pick, prep, store, and serve fresh produce. The kids will first go through a series of demonstrations led by each chef supplier team. The kids will rotate throughout the demos where they will be on teams of 5 for a more hands-on approach. After the demos they will then have the opportunity to ask the panel of chefs and suppliers any questions they may have about produce or what it’s like to be a chef. After this the team of kids will pair up with a chef to have a “cook off” where they utilize a basket of items that they just learned about. This “cook off” will be judged by supplier reps and then one team will be crowned “Kids In The Kitchen Champions”!

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